Post # 1
So this is a weird invite. My friend (not super close or anything) invited me to her sister’s wedding on her behalf (I have never met her sister before). They are Indian so they have like a 3 day wedding or something like that. I told her I couldn’t make it to the wedding (really because well, I feel awkward seeing as I don’t know them and it’s well out of town 1.5 hrs away). But my friend made me feel guilty so I told her I would go to the Sangeet (which is like a small pre-wedding party at her parents house). It’s not formal or anything, its just homemade food at the house with the family and friends (about 50 people or so). I’m not sure if I’m suppose to give them a gift, but I’m planning on giving them $40? Is that reasonable or do I not need to give anything at all?
Post # 3
Wow, very weird invite; I totally agree with you feeling awkward as I would too! I would give them a card and maybe something small like a frame or a photo album that you can pick up for like $10-$15? A nice gift at a reasonable price and you don’t feel uncomfortable showing up empty handed. If you couldn’t find something small at a reasonable rate I think a nice card would do as well; a simply congrats and wish you well. You don’t know them; don’t feel obligated to shell out extra funds. Good Luck!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
Rather than give money, I feel like the situation call for some sort of trinket object or picture frame type gift. Something small that doesn’t cost you more than $30 in case nobody else brings a gift.
Post # 5
I thought you normally bring either money or flowers to the Sangeet. I could be mistaken, I was a kid when we went to our neighbor’s brother’s sangeet. I really think we brought flowers and money.
Post # 6
You should probably ask your friend what is traditional.
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Post # 8
Wow. That is weird. I agree with @kgirl91 and ask your friend what is traditional.